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Early voting underway for city and school district elections

Early voting underway for city and school district elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS Early voting is underway for the city and school general election May 4. It started April 22 and runs through April 30. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd (left) stands with Deputy Mike Sorenson, who was awarded Officer of the Year in the department earlier this year by the Hill Country 100 Club. Sorenson is one of two Burnet County Crisis Intervention Team officers who, in the past year, saved the county $55,000 by working with people in mental health crises to divert them out of the criminal justice system and into getting needed help. Photo courtesy Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

Burnet County’s crisis intervention officers saving money, and potentially, lives

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Two Burnet County crisis intervention officers saved the county about $55,000 in a year with jail diversions for people in mental health crises, thanks to a partnership with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 Director James Oakley and District 4 Director Jim Powers have both drawn challengers in the upcoming PEC board elections. Photos courtesy of PEC

PEC ballot set; James Oakley draws three challengers

FROM STAFF REPORTS Candidates for the Pedernales Elective Cooperative Board of Directors are set with the two incumbents drawing challengers. The PEC board approved the ballot for the 2019 election during its April meeting. The election is for districts 4 and 5 directors. (more…)

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Westside Park in Marble Falls

LCRA’s Steps Forward Day tackles local cleanup projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS As part of the fifth annual Steps Forward Day, Lower Colorado River Authority employees are spreading out across the Highland Lakes on Friday, April 5, to lend a hand. (more…)

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Work is on pace for the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland to open in May. Once built, Llano County commissioners hope the bridge will have a new name in honor of Pat and David Enloe. Staff photo by Jared Fields

2900 bridge on schedule for May opening, possibly with new name

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Construction is on pace for the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland to open in May, but it could have a new name. (more…)

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Small Business Administration closing local flood victim outreach offices

Small Business Administration closing local flood victim outreach offices

FROM STAFF REPORTS U.S. Small Business Administration officials announced they are closing the Disaster Loan Outreach Offices in Burnet and Llano counties. (more…)

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TCEQ warns Cassie water customers about nitrate level; contaminant could harm infants

TCEQ warns Cassie water customers about nitrate level; contaminant could harm infants

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality notified Cassie Water System customers that the water exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level for nitrate. (more…)

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Boaters, kayakers and standup paddleboarders will soon be able to explore a full Lake Marble Falls, as seen here in January 2018. The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin refilling the lake on March 18. Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to be filled by the end of the day on March 21. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

LCRA: Lake Marble Falls should be refilled by March 21

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin refilling Lake Marble Falls on March 18, about 11 weeks after lowering of the lake began. (more…)

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The final obstructions left in the wake of the destruction of the old RM 2900 bridge are being removed from the path of the replacement bridge. Old bridge debris has caused delays in the drilling process. The new bridge is now expected to open to traffic in May. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

Obstructions slow 2900 bridge progress; opening moves to May

FROM STAFF REPORTS Obstructions from the collapsed RM 2900 bridge have delayed construction on the new one and pushed the opening to May, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Burnet County Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan was hired Oct. 1 and has been busy ever since working illegal dumping cases and educating county residents about environmental laws. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Educating Burnet County residents on environmental laws big task for new deputy

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Chris Cowan followed his GPS to a location where he needed to investigate an environmental crime. The device took him to the wrong spot, but that didn’t matter. (more…)

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Volunteer Robert Cook helped clean out a home on Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls in October after historic flooding. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Small Business Administration issues disaster declaration; low-interest loans available

FROM STAFF REPORTS Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered losses and damages due to the October 2018 flood now could be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. (more…)

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The Briggs Volunteer Fire Department is no longer being dispatched for calls. The Emergency Services District No. 8 let its contract expire, and Burnet County suspended its contract with the department. Photo courtesy of Briggs Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page

Burnet County suspends contract with Briggs VFD

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners voted Feb. 26 to suspend its mutual aid contract with the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department. (more…)

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Large debris from the old RM 2900 bridge that collapsed during the October flood is being removed during construction of the new bridge in Kingsland. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

Old out, new in: Work on 2900 bridge continues in all weather

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Freezing temperatures won’t affect progress being made on the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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A large debris pile in Granite Shoals should be removed beginning next week after Burnet County Commissioners voted March 1 to contract with companies for the debris removal and monitoring. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Disposal of Granite Shoals flood debris pile to begin soon

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A 15,000-cubic-yard debris pile near Granite Shoals City Hall should begin disappearing next week. (more…)

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Lake LBJ has been refilled to its normal operating range as of Feb. 27. As it was lowered nearly 4 feet, a large sandbar was visible from Lookout Mountain in Kingsland. That sandbar is marked by buoys and barely visible from the same location. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Lake LBJ refilled; LCRA addressing safety on the water

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Lake LBJ reached its normal operating range Feb. 27 after being lowered about 4 feet since Jan. 9. (more…)

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited the Highland Lakes after the Oct. 17 flood to view damage done along the Llano and Colorado rivers. Cruz spoke with homeowners and local officials during his visit. Cruz said he was ‘pleased’ with the federal disaster declaration issued Feb. 25. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Trump issues federal disaster declaration for Texas counties impacted by 2018 flooding

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Good news for the 33 Texas counties hit hard by severe storms and flooding last fall as President Donald Trump on Feb. 25 issued a federal disaster declaration. (more…)

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Construction on the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland continues on schedule, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. In this photo from Feb. 13, beams on Span 3 of the bridge were placed. Photo courtesy of TxDOT

LCRA creating ‘boat lane’ near RM 2900 bridge work site

FROM STAFF REPORTS Once Lake LBJ is refilled to a normal operating range, boaters up and down the Llano River arm of the lake should be able to pass construction and dive crews at the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland. (more…)

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The first elected officials in the newly formed city of Double Horn took oaths of office during the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Feb. 22. Cathy Sereno (left) was elected mayor. Glenn Leisey (alderman), John Osborne (city marshal), and Bob Link (alderman) also took the oath at the Burnet County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Joe Don Dockery

Elected officials sworn in for new city of Double Horn

FROM STAFF REPORTS Double Horn’s first elected officials took their oaths of office at the Burnet County Courthouse on Feb. 22. Burnet County commissioners certified the Feb. 12 Double Horn special election, which selected a mayor, marshal, and five aldermen. (more…)

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The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting an open house March 5 at Lago Vista Middle School, 8039 Bar K Ranch Road, to gather public input on proposed improvements to RR 1431 from the FM 1174 intersection in Burnet County east to Lago Vista. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Open house for public input on RR 1431 improvements

FROM STAFF REPORTS An open house March 5 in Lago Vista provides anyone who drives RR 1431 east of Smithwick an opportunity to view proposed improvements to the two-lane highway. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office trainee has nose for crime

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Deputy Kyle Ciolfi said becoming a K9 officer is his second greatest achievement, right after earning his badge. (more…)

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New kegs at Bear King Brewing Co. in Marble Falls are ready to be filled with beer. For now, the beer that goes in those kegs can only be consumed at the brewery. State Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) authored Senate Bill 312, which could alter beer-to-go laws in the state if passed. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Buckingham files brewery beer-to-go bill with tourism in mind

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS State Sen. Dawn Buckingham opened a media conference at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 19 to announce an agreement between two groups that could allow brewers to sell beer to customers for off-premise consumption. (more…)

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Rep. Roger Williams shook hands with constituents after his town hall Feb. 19 at the Burnet County Courthouse. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Williams prefers Congressional action on border security over emergency declaration and wall

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Congressman Roger Williams admitted he was “selfish” when it came to his “hesitancy” in supporting President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border. (more…)

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City and school elections in May are mostly uncontested

City and school elections in May are mostly uncontested

FROM STAFF REPORTS Voters in Burnet and Llano counties will have few decisions to make for municipal and school district races on the May 4 general election ballot. There are no contested races for any of the counties’ three public school districts. Of the eight total spots up for election in the three districts, all […]

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Chris Cowan was hired four months ago to handle environmental crimes in Burnet County. He's been so busy with cases that the county is seeking funding for a second officer to help him. Courtesy photo

New county environmental crimes officer swamped by cases

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over four months into the job, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan already is a victim of his own success. (more…)

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This sandbar appeared on Lake LBJ after the October flood and before the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered the lake for scheduled maintenance and flood debris removal. When the lake is raised to its normal operating range beginning Feb. 24, navigational hazards could remain. The LCRA announced a number of actions Feb. 14 to address public safety on the lake, including marking and removing navigational hazards in the main body of the lake. Staff photo Jared Fields

LCRA is ‘stepping up to the plate’ on Lake LBJ cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The most significant flood since the dams were built on the Colorado River hit the Highland Lakes in October 2018. In that month alone, inflows of 1.3 million acre-feet of water were measured in the Highland Lakes chain. Lake Travis, when full, holds just more than 1.1 million acre-feet of water. […]

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PEC opens nomination process for Board of Directors election

PEC opens nomination process for Board of Directors election

FROM STAFF REPORTS Pedernales Electric Cooperative is opening its nomination process for election to its Board of Directors. (more…)

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